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Today in Chicago Cubs History: April 28

On April 28, 1956 one of baseball’s all-time legends made his first mark on what would be a long and illustrious career in the majors.

Cincinnati Redlegs left fielder Frank Robinson hit his first career home run in a 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Redlegs, of course, are the team we know today as the Cincinnati Reds, a moniker that was adopted in the late 1960s.

Frank Robinson hit 585 more home runs in his career, finishing with a career total of 586. Robinson is still the only player in the history of the MLB to win the Most Valuable Player in both the National and American leagues. A 14-time All-Star, Robinson was a lifetime .294 hitter, clobbered 586 home runs and drove in 1,812 over a 20-year career in baseball.

Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and enjoyed several stints as a major league manager after his playing days ended with the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, and most recently, with the Washington Nationals from 2002-2006.

Long-thought of as one of major league baseball’s most underrated players, Frank Robinson kick started his outstanding career against the Cubs on an average Tuesday and the rest was history.

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